Whilst looking through a local newspaper supplement, I spotted an advert for a paintballing site. On the advert was a photo of a 432 with a Sabre turret! Was this a trial Mod or something put togeather after MOD disposal
Our 432 in Aden had a turret fitted, nicked from a Ferret, fitted with a 50 Browning, no sights, you just hosepiped it, more in desperation than in any hope of accuracy.
No photos , sorry, but when it was shipped back to UK it was full to the top with carpets, fridges, cookers etc left by the NAAFI when they hightailed it from Khormaksa (sp?).
I just hope whoever unloaded from the ship enjoyed our ill-gotten gains!
Pimp my ride up or what, we have spent billions on FRES (maybe not so future), why didnt we just get all those nosh bags at the IPTs to look at this one and they could probably have banged out some more Adventure Training - JOB DONE !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
During the early 70's I recalled a Civilian designer coming to our unit, 2CG LAD and fitting turrets to some of our 432's. This set up was known as a "Miser Mount", since he had to scrounge bits and pieces from here and there to make this thing a reality,
IIRC, the miser mount was for the 81mm mortar. The turrets fitted to 43's in the early seventies were for the GPMG. Well, at least they were in in 1 Staffords.
I heard a (dubious?) story that there were plans to fit Rarden turrets to more 432's but it was found that many of the hulls/mortar hatches were warped through cross country use and wouldn't accept the refit. Apparently the only straight vehicles were those in Berlin.
There is a variant that has the Rarden turret fitted, there is also a GPMG domed turret, used in GW1, This is used on the commanders hatch so the commander can fire battened down. The Rarden turret fitted to the mortar hatches is the same as the Scimitar